Meet Belgrade Central School’s Dean of Students, Shelly Moody
Meet Belgrade Central School’s Dean of Students, Shelly Moody!
What was your greatest memory from last school year?
My favorite time of the day has always been reading aloud to students. Last year was no exception. I could have spent the whole day talking to my fifth graders about books! One of my favorite memories every year is our Nonfiction March Madness reading tournament. We created the event at Williams Elementary School eight years ago as a way to energize students about reading nonfiction and foster curiosity about fascinating topics. I love watching an entire school community get excited about reading! The best part is always the assembly where we reveal the winner with bright lights, loud music, a gigantic book cover, and a special video from the author. Last year was special to me because it was the first year I organized the event as a classroom teacher. A number of my students shared that it was “the best school day ever!”
What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming school year?
I am excited to get to know the Belgrade Central School community this year! I was fortunate to work with many of the amazing teachers at Belgrade Central School in my previous role as an instructional coach, so I am very much looking forward to collaborating with them again. My heart is full when I am learning alongside students, so I plan to spend a great deal of time in classrooms. Mr. Clark and I are planning a number of school-wide events to unify and energize our school community!
Tell us about your family!
My family is my whole world! We love hiking, playing games, and going on adventures! I am fortunate that my husband, Jon, is also an educator, so lots of our conversations at home are about our shared commitment to the teaching profession. We live in Oakland with our fun-loving black lab, Bailey, and our three children. My son, Jacob, will be a senior at Messalonskee High School this year. My daughter, Grace, will be a freshman at MHS and my daughter, Olivia, will be in third grade at Williams Elementary. When I’m not at school, you can usually find me on the golf course, on the sidelines of the field hockey field, or in the basketball stands cheering on my kids in the sports and activities they love!
Sweet, salty, or spicy snacks?
This is an easy one for me… sweet!! I have a major sweet tooth. I love candy and anything chocolate, but my absolute favorite treat is a whoopie pie! Don’t be surprised if you run into me at Candy Hollow or the Ice Cream Shoppe!
What is something you are thankful for? I am incredibly thankful for the relationships I’ve made with my colleagues and students over the past 24 years in RSU 18. The best part of being a teacher is watching students grow and thrive. I’ve been so fortunate to spend my entire career in this district! Williams Elementary has been my “home” for the majority of my time, so I will be forever grateful for the incredible educators that I’ve worked with and countless special memories with my students. I was even lucky enough to teach with three former students at WES during the last few years! I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with the students, staff, and families at BCS in my new role as Dean of Students!